Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Music News You Can Use - November 2014

Here's November.   Time to VOTE !!   
And now about October.   In short, I spent the last half of October recovering from the first half.   The FAR-West conference was wonderful as expected -- the amount of talent crammed into four days was awesome!!  Go see Beth Wood, who closed the Friday night concert and is playing in the Bay Area through November 14.  She is phenomenal!!  Here is a list of all the other official showcase winners, well worth your listening/viewing time.  After the evening concerts, the music went on in the hotel rooms until the wee hours.  Here's a snippet of Vi Wickam putting some very sweet fiddle on one of my tunes.
Wrapping up my CD got put on the back burner with all my volunteering for the FAR-West conference, and at this point, if I can get it out by the end of 2014, I will be happy.    Here is one of the tracks: Back To The Mountains.   This is a traditional fiddle waltz, I wrote words to.  I like doing that when a melody grabs a hold of me.   I wrote the first verse about 20 years ago and finally brought the rest of it home a few years ago.   Sometimes good things take times.   Hope that is the case with the new CD.
Played two fun gigs recently, a set at the El Cerrito Folk Festival, and a radio show on KALX.  Got some video which looks promising and I'll be posting it in a week or so.   I have some more shows coming up this weekend and next (on my website calendar).   Then I'll be heading back to spend Thanksgiving with my daughter and her husband in Washington DC.   I am sure there will be frost on the pumpkin back there!!
Hope you all had a fun Halloween and are looking forward to the year end holidays.
Roy Zat